Los Angeles Clippers
|Los Angeles Clippers|
San Diego Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
|Location||Los Angeles , California|
|Club colors||Red, blue, black, silver, white
|Head coach||Doc Rivers|
|General manager||Michael Winger|
|Farm teams||Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario|
|Division title||2 ( 2013 , 2014 )|
The Los Angeles Clippers are a basketball team from the North American professional league NBA . The team is based in Los Angeles , California . There the Clippers share the Staples Center with the Los Angeles Lakers as a venue, which means that the Lakers have more fans among the spectators than the Clippers when they play against each other due to the larger fan base. From 1970 to 1978 the team was known as the Buffalo Braves , from 1978 to 1984 as the San Diego Clippers .
1970 to 2000: From Buffalo to San Diego to Los Angeles
Founded in 1970 under the name Buffalo Braves , the franchise was originally based in the Great Lakes region , namely in Buffalo, New York . The early 70s were shaped by star player Bob McAdoo , who played for the Braves between 1972 and 1976 and won the MVP in 1975 . Other important players at this time were Bob Kauffman and Randy Smith . It also went well in terms of sport, so that they entered the playoffs from 1974 to 1976. After eight years in Buffalo, the company moved to San Diego on the west coast in 1978 and was renamed the San Diego Clippers. During this period, however, the Clippers were one of the league's most unsuccessful teams.
In 1981 billionaire Donald Sterling bought the team for $ 12 million and relocated it to Los Angeles in 1984 because the city offered a larger market despite the Lakers already existing there . After turbulent years with the two moves mentioned, the Clippers have been playing in Los Angeles since 1984 , despite plans to move to Anaheim . The Clippers were among the worse teams in the league under Sterling, as Sterling did not always agree to continue to commit young talent. The 1980s were marked by failure. Talents like Terry Cummings , Tom Chambers or Byron Scott were quickly given up. On the other hand, top draft picks like Benoit Benjamin or Reggie Williams never really worked. Danny Ferry even refused to show up for the Clippers. In 1988, the Clippers received the first right to vote in the NBA Draft and chose Danny Manning . With other young players like Ken Norman , Charles Smith , Loy Vaught and Ron Harper they reached the playoffs for the first time in 1992. This success could be repeated in 1993 under the new coach Larry Brown .
From 1994 Bill Fitch took over the coaching position under which the Clippers restructured the team. All-Star Manning was transferred to the Atlanta Hawks for aging superstar Dominique Wilkins . Wilkins left the Clippers at the end of the season. Harper and Mark Jackson also changed teams, which started rebuilding in Los Angeles. The playoffs were not reached again until 1997, but it was over again in the first round. After finishing the following year with only 17 wins, Fitch was fired and replaced by Chris Ford .
Due to the weak season, the Clippers received the first right to vote in the 1998 NBA Draft . The center Michael Olowokandi was chosen , but he never lived up to expectations. In the 1999 NBA draft , Lamar Odom was selected in fourth place. In 2000, Darius Miles , Corey Maggette , Quentin Richardson and Keyon Dooling were joined by other talents who formed the Clippers into a young and attractive team. However, the team initially failed to succeed.
2000 to 2010: waiting for success
In the 2001 NBA draft , the Clippers exchanged the rights to Tyson Chandler for Forward Elton Brand . Despite a highly talented core of Odom, Brand and Maggette, you could not reach the playoffs. The Clippers strengthened themselves in 2003 with the German-American center Chris Kaman , who was selected in sixth place in the NBA draft. In addition, Mike Dunleavy sr. the young team. Only with the commitment of veteran Sam Cassell you reached the playoffs in the 2005/06 NBA season . There they were eliminated in the second round, after seven games, against the Phoenix Suns . After another season that ended with 40 wins, the Clippers then disappeared again from the area of the playoff teams in the Western Conference. Above all, many injuries within the squad meant that the entire team was rarely available. Brand and Maggette left the team in 2008. Signings like Baron Davis could not bring the hoped-for turnaround. In the 2008 NBA Draft , the Clippers selected key players, Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan .
The 2008/09 season closed the Clippers in 14th place in their conference. In the 2009 NBA Draft , the Clippers secured the rights to Blake Griffin , who was selected first. This should compensate for the departure of Zach Randolph . But Griffin broke his kneecap in preparation and could not play a game for the Clippers in the 2009/10 season .
During the 2010/11 season , longtime Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy sr. retired from office due to a lack of victories. Only Chris Kaman made positive headlines during the season and was invited to the NBA All-Star Game . Dunleavys successor to the 2010/11 season was the former coach of the Chicago Bulls , Vinny Del Negro . Under his leadership, the franchise was able to take a significant step towards the playoffs. Although the Clippers did not make it into the round of the top eight teams in the Western Conference in the 2010/11 season, the team impressed during the season with committed performances and an outstanding Blake Griffin , who won the title of NBA Rookie of the Year . Changes were made to the squad over the course of the season. So Marcus Camby was given to the Portland Trail Blazers , and point guard Baron Davis moved to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange with Mo Williams .
2011 to 2017: The Paul and Griffin era
In December 2011, the Clippers signed former all-stars Chauncey Billups of the New York Knicks and Caron Butler of the Dallas Mavericks . A few days later, star point guard Chris Paul was signed by the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Eric Gordon , Chris Kaman , Al-Farouq Aminu and a draft pick for 2012 . The 2011/12 season , the Clippers were able to finish fifth in the Western Conference. In the first round of the playoffs, the Clippers won 4-3 in games against the Memphis Grizzlies . In the Conference semifinals, the Clippers met the San Antonio Spurs , who won the series 4-0 and threw the Clippers out of the playoffs.
During the 2012/13 season , the Clippers won the Pacific Division for the first time in the history of the franchise . With 17 wins in a row, 16 of them in December 2012 alone, they set a new record for the franchise. With a record 56 wins and fourth in the Western Conference, the Clippers moved into the playoffs. As in the previous year, they met the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. Against the Grizzlies, the Clippers were eliminated after six games with 2-4 wins. Shortly afterwards, the Clippers separated from head coach Vinny Del Negro .
His successor for the 2013/14 season was former head coach of the Boston Celtics and former player of the Clippers, Doc Rivers . The squad was also further supplemented with experienced players from other teams in the league. So, among others, Antawn Jamison , Jared Dudley , JJ Redick and Byron Mullens were committed. During the season, the Clippers strengthened with Danny Granger , Hidayet Türkoğlu and Glen Davis . On March 24, 2014, the Clippers made their 50th win of the season with a 106:98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks and were able to break the 50-win mark in two consecutive seasons for the first time in their history. With a record of 57 wins and 25 defeats, the Clippers also set a new franchise record at the end of the regular season.
At the end of April 2014, the Clippers hit the headlines around the world because club owner Donald Sterling is said to have asked his girlfriend in a recorded private phone not to show herself with black people at games and not to publish photos of her with the exceptional player Magic Johnson on social networks. US President Obama described his remarks as "incredibly racially offensive". The Clippers players wore their warm-up jerseys turned inside out in protest against their boss at the next playoff game in Oakland, and black socks instead of white during the game. In addition, some sponsors of the club, u. a. Mercedes-Benz and Red Bull are about to withdraw. Sterling was banned for life by the NBA a few days after the phone recording was released and sentenced to a maximum fine of $ 2.5 million. In addition, the association's leadership urged him to sell the Clippers, whose value is estimated at around one billion dollars. The 29 other NBA club owners voted unanimously in favor. In May 2014, former Time Warner boss Richard Dean Parsons took over the presidency on an interim basis. Sterling later apologized for what he said.
For a purchase price of $ 2 billion, former Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has been the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers since August 2014 , after the Sterling Family Trust and the NBA Board of Governors approved the sale. Ballmer had already tried in 2013 to acquire the Sacramento Kings and relocate to Seattle, but the other team owners refused.
The 2014/15 season closed the Clippers with 56 wins and again reached the conference semifinals, where they lost to the Houston Rockets after seven games. For the following season 2015/16 the Clippers strengthened themselves with Lance Stephenson and the multiple all-star Paul Pierce . However, the season was mainly plagued by injury concerns. Griffin missed more than 40 season games. In the first playoff round, Chris Paul and Griffin were injured again, so that the favored Clippers were eliminated 2-4 by the Portland Trail Blazers . The 2016/17 season was almost unchanged and despite some injury problems, they fought for fourth conference rank. The following playoffs were no better for the Clippers than last year. Despite the home advantage in the first round against Utah Jazz and a 2-1 lead in the meantime, the Clippers lost the series 3-4. Griffin fell again from part of the playoffs.
Season 2017/18 to 2018/19: The end of the Paul and Griffin era
In the summer of 2017, the Clippers traded their star and captain Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets , who in return gave Patrick Beverley , Lou Williams , Sam Dekker , Montrezl Harrell , Darrunn Hillard, DeAndre Liggins , Kyle Wiltjer and a first round pick to the Clippers. The main reason for the move was cited in the media as increasing disagreements between Paul and head coach Doc Rivers.
After the first half of the season was overshadowed by a large number of injuries, the Clippers traded Blake Griffin, another former cornerstone of the team, to the Detroit Pistons on January 30, 2018 . In a trade that involved Willie Reed as well as Griffin, Tobias Harris , Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanović moved to Los Angeles in return . The Clippers also received the Pistons' first round pick for the 2018 NBA Draft . Despite many injury concerns, the Clippers remained in the race for a playoff place in the Western Conference after the trade and only missed the post-season three games before the end of the regular season after a loss against Utah, despite an ultimately positive balance. In that season (2017/18) Lou Williams set a new franchise record with 518 attempted three-point throws, beating JJ Redick's previous record from the previous season by 50 throws. In addition, DeAndre Jordan was able to equalize the franchise record of Elmore Smith from the 1971/72 season with 15.2 rebounds per game . Jordan left the Clippers after the end of the season after 750 games (franchise record) with a total of 7988 rebounds (of which 5553 defensive rebounds and 2435 offensive rebounds; all three values franchise record). Thus, in summer 2018, the Clippers also lost the last player in the former power trio around Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. As a replacement, Center Marcin Gortat was signed by the Washington Wizards via Trade. The guards Lou Williams and Avery Bradley received new contracts in Los Angeles. In February, Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley were given up and Marcin Gortat was sacked, paving the way for a rebuild with younger players like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander , Montrezl Harrell , Landry Shamet and Ivica Zubac .
Season 2019/20: Championship candidate with Leonard and George
In the run-up to the 2019/20 season, it was announced that the franchise is planning to build a new sports facility. The team is currently playing with city rivals Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center ; however, the contract with this hall was only concluded until the end of the 2023/24 season. Therefore, in July 2019, plans were presented to build a basketball arena in the nearby city of Inglewood in Los Angeles County , California , on the same site as the SoFi Stadium of the local football teams Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers (both from the NFL ) to build that can hold 18,500 spectators. Construction work is to begin in 2021, with completion planned for autumn 2024. The owner of the New York Knicks , James Dolan , then publicly protested against such a construction, as he is the owner of an arena ("The Forum") very close to the proposed construction site.
The Clippers team saw some changes in preparation for the season. So the final MVP of the preseason, Kawhi Leonard , who had become a free agent, was signed. This had led the Toronto Raptors to the championship a few months earlier. In addition, the Clippers were able to realize a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder . In exchange for Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and several draft picks, the multiple all-star Paul George moved to LA. With Leonard and George, the Clippers had signed two of the best two-way players (players with equally excellent offensive and defensive skills) of the NBA. During the season, Marcus Morris was signed shortly before the trading deadline on February 6th . For that were Moe Harkless and Jerome Robinson issued. A buyout of the Detroit Pistons also gave the opportunity to sign guard Reggie Jackson after the trading deadline . Together with city rivals LA Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks led by Giannis Antetokounmpo , the Clippers advanced to become the championship candidates for that season with this roster.
Honors and achievements worth mentioning
|Adrian Dantley||Forward to the Buffalo Braves||1976/77|
|Bob McAdoo||Center at the Buffalo Braves||1973-1977|
|Bill Walton||Center at the San Diego Clippers
Center at the Los Angeles Clippers
|Dominique Wilkins||Forward with the Los Angeles Clippers||1993/94|
|Moses Malone||Center of the Buffalo Braves||1976|
|Jamaal Wilkes||Forward the Los Angeles Clippers||1985|
|Jack Ramsay||Coach of the Buffalo Braves||1973-1976|
|Elgin Baylor||General Manager of the Los Angeles Clippers||1986-2008|
|Chauncey Billups||Career ended|
|Grant Hill||Career ended|
|Brent Barry||Career ended|
|Elton Brand||Career ended|
|Baron Davis||Career ended|
|Tim Thomas||Career ended|
|Sam Cassell||Career ended|
|Tom Chambers||Career ended|
|Terry Cummings||Career ended|
|World B. Free||Career ended|
|Blake Griffin||Detroit Pistons|
|Chris Paul||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|DeAndre Jordan||Brooklyn Nets|
|Eric Gordon||Houston Rockets|
|Ron Harper||Career ended|
|Mark Jackson||Career ended|
|Marko Jarić||Career ended|
|Marques Johnson||Career ended|
|Chris Kaman||Career ended|
|Danny Manning||Career ended|
|Corey Maggette||Career ended|
|Darius Miles||Career ended|
|Andre Miller||Career ended|
|Cuttino Mobley||Career ended|
|Lamar Odom||Career ended|
|Michael Olowokandi||Career ended|
|Quentin Richardson||Career ended|
|Zach Randolph||Career ended|
|Eric Bledsoe||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Randy Smith||† 2009|
|year||Victories: defeats||Wins [%]||Play-offs|
|1970/71||22:60||26.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1971/72||22:60||26.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1972/73||21:61||25.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1973/74||42:40||51.2||2-4 in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics|
|1974/75||49:33||59.8||3: 4 in the first round against the Washington Bullets|
|1975/76||46:36||56.1||2-4 in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics|
|1976/77||30:52||36.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1977/78||27:55||32.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|San Diego Clippers|
|1978/79||43:39||52.4||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1979/80||35:47||42.7||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1980/81||36:46||43.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1981/82||17:65||20.7||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1982/83||25:57||30.5||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1983/84||30:52||36.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|Los Angeles Clippers|
|1984/85||31:51||37.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1985/86||32:50||39.0||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1986/87||12:70||14.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1987/88||17:65||20.7||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1988/89||21:61||25.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1989/90||30:52||36.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1990/91||31:51||37.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1991/92||45:37||54.9||2: 3 in the first round against the Utah Jazz|
|1992/93||41:41||50.0||2: 3 in the first round against the Houston Rockets|
|1993/94||27:55||32.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1994/95||17:65||20.7||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1995/96||29:53||35.4||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1996/97||36:46||43.9||0: 3 in the first round against the Utah Jazz|
|1997/98||17:65||20.7||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1998/99||9:41||18.0||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1999/00||15:67||18.3||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2000/01||31:51||37.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2001/02||39:43||47.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2002/03||27:55||32.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2003/04||28:54||34.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2004/05||37:45||45.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2005/06||47:35||57.3||3: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Phoenix Suns|
|2006/07||40:42||48.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2007/08||23:59||28.0||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2008/09||19:63||23.2||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2009/10||29:53||35.4||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2010/11||32:50||39.0||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2011/12||40:26||60.6||0-4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs|
|2012/13||56:26||68.3||2-4 in the first round against the Memphis Grizzlies|
|2013/14||57:25||69.5||2-4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2014/15||56:26||68.3||3: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets|
|2015/16||53:29||64.6||2-4 in the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers|
|2016/17||51:31||62.2||3: 4 in the first round against the Utah Jazz|
|2017/18||42:40||51.2||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2018/19||48:34||58.5||2-4 in the first round against the Golden State Warriors|
|total||1659: 2383||41.0||46:64 in the playoffs (41.8%) As of: Reg.Season August 2020|
- Team profile on basketball-reference.com (English)
- Official website
- Official squad of the team
- Los Angeles Clippers Info (German)
- Los Angeles Clippers Online - LA Clippers Fan Site
- Clippers Blog (German)
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